Thursday, November 6, 2008
Pehlwani: Wrestling in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Pehlwani is the modern Indian sport, combining 2500-year-old Hindi wrestling and Persian-style wrestling. A fighter is called a pehlwan, Persian for champion or warrior.
Wrestlers train 4-5 hours, beginning at 5:00 a.m., using techniques adapted from yoga and Western wrestling. To wrestle, pehlwans grease their bodies and wrestle in dust pits. Victory is determined by decision (by a panel of judges), submission, or knockout.
Sawari is one training technique, in which pehlwans use another person's body weight to build mass and agility.